[b-hebrew] "Hosanna in the highest" in Hebrew?

Polycarp66 at aol.com Polycarp66 at aol.com
Sun Dec 14 20:54:18 EST 2003

In a message dated 12/14/2003 8:19:20 PM Eastern Standard Time, 
kimball at ntplx.net writes:
The common expression "Hosanna in the highest" seems to translate to 
"Please save in the highest" which doesn't make sense. What's the original 
and where does it come from?


It would seem that there is no Hebrew original--at least not extant.  The 
phrase "Hosanna in the highest" appears in only two passages (in the New 
Testament--Mt 21.9 and Mk 11.10).  If you accept the priority of Mk, then it stems 
from Mark.  Not only does the entire phrase not appear in the Hebrew of the OT, 
even the part of the phrase "in the highest" appears in no English translation 
of the OT.  Note, however, that "highest" is expressed in 1 Kg 8.27 by a 
construct chain 

W.$:M"Y Ha$.eMaYiM  -- the highest heaven

In Job 22.12 it asks  

HaLo)_):eLoWaH. G.oBaH. $eMaYiM -- Is not God in the hight of heaven?

Ps 89.28 [Heb] doen't quite compare, but Ps 148.4 is similar to 1 Kg 8.27.


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